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Overview

There is a large library of resources available to contributors that assist with accurate mapping. All data contributed to OpenStreetMap must be compatible with its license, and adherance to the contributor terms is non-negotiable.

In addition to the OSM-wide resources and guides, this page is a centralised directory of the aerial imagery and license-compatible data sources specific to Australia. This page is regularly mantained by different mappers across the Australian Mapping Community; if you'd like to add a new source, or contribute your own data, please reach out!

Types of Sources

Aerial Imagery

Aerial Imagery is a heavily used resource for mapping. The editor-layer-index is the primary index of all available imagery sources, you can preview coverage at https://osmlab.github.io/editor-layer-index/. The tables below detail which imagery is the most appropriate for a given region.

Out of Copyright Maps

Maps produced by the government expire 50 years after the work was created, regardless of publication date. Copyright on other maps has expired if the author died before Jan 1 1955, or if the author is anonymous, if the work was published before 1 Jan 1955. However, if the map has been scanned, photographed or re-published then copyright can be re-asserted by the person taking that action over their published copy. Where the map is made available by a library or a website they may impose terms and conditions on use of their resources.

Recording the source

The Department of Lands in NSW is recorded as:

User:Aharvey has been using

to identify which specific map was used.


List of Sources

Australia-wide

Australia-wide data sources  
Dataset Name Theme License Editors Currency Notes
GNAF Addresses CC BY 4.0 with Mail Restriction => Incompatible with ODbL Updated quarterly
Geoscape Admin Boundaries (previously PSMA Admin Boundaries) Admin boundaries CC BY 4.0 with waiver (previous waiver) Updated quarterly Import/Catalogue/PSMA Admin Boundaries
ASGS LGA Admin boundaries CC BY 2.5 - move to 4.0 in progress Updated annually Approximation of actual boundaries only, should use PSMA or state data instead
ASGS Postal Areas Admin boundaries CC BY 2.5 - move to 4.0 in progress Updated annually Approximation of actual boundaries only
ASGS Suburbs Admin boundaries CC BY 2.5 - move to 4.0 in progress Updated annually Approximation of actual boundaries only, should use PSMA or state data instead
ASGS Mesh Blocks Landuse CC BY 2.5 - move to 4.0 in progress every 5 years
AGRI Imagery 2.5m CC BY 4.0 - Agreed to terms of waiver via email, but unable to sign. This confirmation via email should be sufficient. Yes 2006-2010
Geoscience Australia Online Maps Basemap CC BY 4.0 - Agreed to terms of waiver via email, but unable to sign. This confirmation via email should be sufficient.
EMSINA Emergency Facilities POI CC BY 4.0 - Agreed to terms of waiver via email, but unable to sign. This confirmation via email should be sufficient.
Australian National University MapsOnline maps Various CC BY 4.0 - Agreed to terms of waiver via email.
Surface Hydrology Lines

Surface Hydrology Polygons

Surface Hydrology Points

Waterways CC BY 4.0 - Agreed to terms of waiver via email, but unable to sign. This confirmation via email should be sufficient.
CAPAD Protected areas CC BY 4.0 with waiver bi-annually
Australian Marine Parks Protected areas CC BY 4.0 with waiver
Dedicated Indigenous Protected Areas 2020 Indigenous Protected Areas CC BY 3.0 with waiver updated as needed Import/Catalogue/Australian Dedicated Indigenous Protected Areas 2020
Location of Centrelink Offices POI CC BY 3.0 Australia - Waiver sent 3rd October 2019 monthly Alternative link
Planet Labs Australian Bushfire Imagery Imagery CC BY-SA / CC BY-NC - with waiver (limited to specified areas only)
Australian Antarctic Data Centre Map catalog CC BY 4.0 with waiver Some collections licensed under CC BY 3.0 are progressively being updated to CC BY 4.0.
Bing Imagery High-Resolution in large urban areas, and limited outback areas. Available in iD by default
Australian Communications and Media Authority POI CC BY 4.0 - Waiver sent 20th November 2020
BeachSafe Beaches & Lifeguards "Copyright SLSA, not to be used without prior permission" but no mention of CC-BY - Request for permission to use sent 24/10/2021
Microsoft AustraliaBuilding Footprints. Buildings Microsoft has generously open-sourced their AI generated building footprint data for all of Australia.
Mapbox Imagery Description needed Available in iD by default
Maxar Premium Imagery Imagery Description needed Available in iD by default
AGRI Imagery High-Resolution in large urban areas, and limited outback areas. Available in iD by default
Landsat Imagery low resolution imagery covering the entire continent. Available in iD by default

Australian Capital Territory

Australian Capital Territory Data Sources  
Dataset Name Theme License Editors Currency Notes
ACTION GTFS Transit CC BY 4.0 - dataACT waiver sent, in touch 9th Jan 2019
ACT School Locations POI CC BY 4.0 - dataACT waiver sent, in touch 9th Jan 2019
ACT School Locations POI CC BY 4.0 - dataACT waiver sent, in touch 9th Jan 2019
ACTmapi Transport CC BY 4.0 with waiver
TAMS Transport CC BY 4.0 - dataACT waiver sent, in touch 9th Jan 2019
TAMS POI CC BY 4.0 - dataACT waiver sent, in touch 9th Jan 2019
ACTmapi POI CC BY 4.0 with waiver
ACTmapi Buildings / Addresses / Cadastre CC BY 4.0 with waiver import scripts
ACTmapi Admin boundaries CC BY 4.0 with waiver
ACTmapi Territory Plan Land Use Zones Landuse CC BY 4.0 with waiver
ACTmapi 2017 Imagery Imagery CC BY 4.0 with waiver Yes 2017
ACTmapi 2018 Imagery Imagery CC BY 4.0 with waiver Yes 2018
Dataset Name Theme License Editors Currency Notes

New South Wales

New South Wales  
Dataset Name Theme License Editors Currency Notes
DCS Spatial Services NSW Imagery Imagery CC BY 4.0 - with waiver Yes
DCS Spatial Services NSW Base Map Basemap CC BY 4.0 - with waiver Yes
DCS Spatial Services NSW Point of Interest POI CC BY 4.0 - with waiver esri-dump the webservice
DCS Spatial Services NSW Floods CIR 2021 Imagery CC BY 4.0 (as confirmed by license confirmed by email reply), and as a spatial web service further covered by the waiver. March 2021
DCS Spatial Services NSW Floods March 2022 Imagery CC BY 4.0 (as confirmed by license confirmed by email reply), and as a spatial web service further covered by the waiver. March 2022
DCS Spatial Services Spot 6-7 Imagery Online viewing only, not available for OSM tracing, confirmed with DCS 6th July 2021.
DCS Foundational Spatial Data Transport, Water, POI, Admin Boundaries CC BY 4.0 - with waiver
NSW DPIE Land Zoning Basemap / Land Zoning CC BY 4.0 - with waiver Custom Basemap Weekly

Contributors Page Entry - Contains url for custom basemap.

TfNSW GTFS Transit CC BY 4.0 with waiver weekly
TfNSW Cycleways Transport CC BY 4.0 with waiver
TfNSW Speed Zones Transport CC BY 4.0 with waiver
TfNSW Boat Ramps POI CC BY 4.0 with waiver
Geographical Names Register Place names CC BY 4.0 with waiver No Good as geojson/osm
NPWS Estate Admin boundaries CC BY 4.0 with waiver 3 monthly
NPWS POI CC BY 4.0 with waiver
NSW Public Schools POI CC BY 4.0 with waiver 2016 or later to OSM
NSW Non-Government Schools

University Campuses

POI CC BY 4.0 (version confirmed via email), but owned by https://www.acara.edu.au/contact-us/acara-data-access who have an incompatible license.
RFS Neighbourhood Safer Places POI CC BY 4.0
Maxar Bushfire Imagery Imagery CC BY-NC 4.0 with explicit permission Yes 2018-2020 https://gist.github.com/andrewharvey/57da8ad7f9f425d4c811e6cd33b2fdcb
Waverley Council Data POI CC BY 4.0 - waiver request sent 2020-02-19
NSW Marine Protected Areas Admin boundaries CC BY 4.0 waiver sent 31/10/2020
City of Sydney Data Hub POI CC BY 4.0 - waiver sent 01/12/2020, "considering your request" on 03/12/2020 Varies

Out of copyright maps

Historical maps available online at the National Library and State Library of NSW [1] can be useful for street names

  • State Library Database [2]

NSW historic parish maps are at https://www.nswlrs.com.au/Parish-and-Historical-Maps

User:Aharvey made available an index of all (to the best of his knowledge) maps from that site Municipality Parish Pastor

Most of the parish maps are dated, however they also have a lot of annotations added after the original date of map creation, so you probably shouldn't use these annotations unless the Parish map was "cancelled" at least 50 years ago.


Northern Territory

Northern Territory  
Dataset Name Theme License Editors Currency Notes
NTLIS Basemap Not under open license, understanding is that they will move to open data but no timeframe. Last contacted Oct 2017. Update Mar 2022 Confirmed still not under open data license
NTLIS Imagery Update Mar 2022 Confirmed still not under open data license
NT Schools POI CC BY 4.0
City of Darwin Open Data services POI CC BY (unspecified version) - discussion pending Mar 2022 Parks, playgrounds, drainage, buildings, street lighting, roads, service roads, pathways, trees etc
City of Darwin

Traffic Signals

Transport CC BY 4.0 - waiver sent 22/3/2019
NT Parks and Reserves Protected Areas CC BY 4.0
NT Roads Transport CC BY 4.0
NT Parks and Reserves Admin Boundaries CC BY (unspecified version)
NT Government Controlled Roads Transport CC BY (unspecified version)
NT GTFS Darwin Alice Springs Transport CC BY (unspecified version)

Queensland

Queensland  
Dataset Name Theme License Editors Currency Notes
QSpatial Property Address or DCDB (DNRM) Addresses CC BY 4.0 - waiver equivalent + interpretation oa PR
QSpatial Basemap Topographic Web Service Basemap CC BY 4.0 - waiver equivalent + interpretation
QSpatial Map Lite Web Service Basemap CC BY 4.0 - waiver equivalent + interpretation
Hospital & Health Service facilities Health CC BY ND 3.0 [[:File:|with waiver]]
Queensland Globe Imagery Imagery Appears to not be under an open license
QLD Schools POI CC BY 4.0
Department of Environment and Science

Protected Areas of Queensland

Protected Areas CC BY 3.0 AU with waiver
Translink GTFS (TMR) Transit CC BY 4.0 - explicit permission - waiver sent 16th Mar (TMR), followed up 13th Mar, last update 24th Apr
QSpatial, Department of Transport and Main Roads, State controlled roads surveyed centreline - Queensland Transport CC BY 4.0 with waiver QSpatial State Controlled Roads dataset
TMR Transport CC BY 4.0 but needs either a department wide waiver, or dataset specific waiver
QSpatial Road and Street Web Map Service Transport CC BY 4.0 - waiver equivalent + interpretation
QSpatial Baseline Roads and Tracks Transport CC BY 4.0 - waiver equivalent + interpretation
Guide to Queensland Roads Transport Feb 2021 - Currently under mix of licenses so can't release To be updated this year & released under new licence. Will consider waiver then.
QLD Open Data Portal CC BY 3.0 and CC BY 4.0 - message sent 10th Jan 2022 via website contact form. Will Advise
Individual LGA Data
Brisbane City Council POI / Transit / Addresses CC BY 4.0 with waiver
Gold Coast CC BY 3.0 AU - waiver sent 6th Aug 2018 - explicit permission received but still discussing waiver Sept 2019
Ipswich Traffic Signals Transport CC BY 3.0 AU
Logan City Addresses, Footpaths CC BY 3.0 Unported - waiver sent 20th Nov 2019 to generic council mailbox.
Moreton Bay Regional Council Addresses / Infrastructure / Parks etc CC BY 4.0 - waiver sent 28th Dec 2021 to general council mailbox. Will Advise
Noosa POI / Transport CC BY 4.0 - with waiver
Noosa Aerial Imagery Imagery Licensed through DNRME, so Noosa is unable to provide any permission.
Sunshine Coast Council POI / Transport / Addresses CC0, CC BY 3.0 - waiver sent Nov 2019 to contact form
Toowoomba Region Council Addresses / Infrastructure / Parks etc Copyright TRC but no mention of CC BY - e-mail sent 2 Dec 2021 for permission to use. Will advise
City of Townsville
  • Land Parcels
  • Properties
  • Road Centerlines
  • Suburbs
Addresses

Transport

Admin Boundaries

CC BY 4.0 with waiver (ambiguous as to which datasets it covers due to the URL, those listed on the left are okay, others we should confirm before using)

South Australia

South Australia  
Dataset Name Theme License Editors Currency Notes
Location SA Topographic Basemap confirmed not under an open license, may move to CC BY in the near future, last contact Nov 2019
Location SA Imagery Imagery confirmed not under an open license, may move to CC BY in the near future, last contact Nov 2019 No
Location SA Basemap Basemap confirmed not under an open license, may move to CC BY in the near future, last contact Nov 2019
Adelaide Metro GTFS (DTPI) Transit CC BY 4.0 with waiver
Adelaide Public Transport Stop Data (DTPI) Transit CC BY 4.0 with waiver
DPTI SA Place names CC BY 4.0 with waiver
DPTI SA Transport CC BY 4.0 with waiver
DPTI SA Admin boundaries CC BY 4.0 with waiver
DPTI SA

Landuse

Landuse CC BY 4.0 with waiver
SA Health Hospital Locations POI CC BY 4.0 with waiver
SA Environment Protected areas CC BY 4.0 with waiver import discussion
SA Environment

Recreation Trails

Transport CC BY 4.0 with waiver
SA Environment

Landuse

Landuse CC BY 4.0 with waiver
SA Education

Schools 2 Childcare

POI CC BY 4.0 with waiver
SA LGA POIs POI, Transport CC BY 4.0 with waiver
SA Communities POI CC BY 4.0 with waiver
SA Environment Waterways CC BY 4.0 with waiver
Airborne Research Australia Imagery CC BY-NC-SA with tracing waiver Yes Jan 2020 https://gitlab.com/andrewharvey/ara-cogeo

Tasmania

Tasmania  
Dataset Name Theme License Editors Currency Notes
listdata Imagery Imagery CC BY 3.0 - does not agree to waiver in May 2017 and again in Dec 2018 due issues with chained attribution
Tasmania Placenames Place names Closed license
Launceston City Council Orthophoto Imagery nonfree with waiver PR 2013
Launceston City Council Open Data Addresses / Transport / POI CC BY 3.0 with waiver No
Hobart City Council Buildings CY BY 3.0 AU Buildings imported pre waiver in https://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/28643542
Glenorchy City Council Buildings CC BY 3.0 AU

Victoria

Victoria  
Dataset Name Theme License Editors Currency Notes
DELWP All Request for all DELWP CC BY 4.0 open data submitted on 25 October 2021. Awaiting reply.
VIC Schools POI CC BY 4.0
VicRoads Speed Signs Transport CC BY 4.0 waiver sent 12/12/2018 No
Vicmap Address Addresses CC BY 4.0 with waiver No
Vicmap Admin Admin boundaries CC BY 4.0 with waiver No
Vicmap Crown Land Tenure Landuse CC BY 4.0 with waiver No
Vicmap Elevation Terrain CC BY 4.0 with waiver No
Vicmap Features of Interest POI CC BY 4.0 with waiver No
Vicmap Hydro Waterways CC BY 4.0 with waiver No
Vicmap Planning Landuse CC BY 4.0 with waiver No
Vicmap Property Landuse/Cadastre CC BY 4.0 with waiver No discussion
Vicmap Transport Transport CC BY 4.0 with waiver No
Vicmap Vegetation Landuse CC BY 4.0 with waiver No
VICNAMES Place names CC BY 4.0, subset of Vicmap Features of Interest which is covered already.
PTV Transport CC BY 4.0, waiver sent considering 17 Dec 2019 No discussion
Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) Transport CC BY 4.0, with waiver
City of Ballarat CC BY 3.0, explicit permission requested on Dec 26 2018 via Ballarat Building Import
City of Greater Bendigo
Brimbank City Council
Cardinia Shire Council
Colac Otway Shire
Corangamite Shire Council
City of Greater Geelong CC BY 3.0
Golden Plains Shire Council
Hobsons Bay City Council POI/Transport CC BY 2.5 and CC BY 3.0 with waiver
Manningham City Council
City of Melbourne Address / POI / Imagery CC BY 4.0 with waiver Yes Annual (imagery) imagery processing
Mitchell Shire Council
Nillumbik Shire Council
Northern Grampians Shire Council
City of Port Phillip
Greater Shepparton City Council
Southern Grampians Shire Council
Strathbogie Shire Council
Surf Coast
City of Whittlesea
Wyndham City Council POI/Transport CC BY 2.5 and CC BY 3.0 with waiver
Yarriambiack Shire Council

Western Australia

Western Australia  
Dataset Name Theme License Editors Currency Notes
Transperth Transit License not compatiable with ODbL talk-au discussion
Main Roads WA Transport CC BY 4.0 with waiver PR to OSM
WA Schools POI CC BY 4.0

Australian External Territories

Other Territories  
Dataset Name Theme License Editors Currency Notes
Intentionally Blank - No sources yet 

Legend

License colours: Waiver rejected | Waiver in progress | Waiver completed (based on OSMF waiver, irrespective of explicit permissions)

Import

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Imports and automated edits should only be carried out by those with experience and understanding of the way the OpenStreetMap community creates maps, and only with careful planning and consultation with the local community.
See Import/Guidelines and Automated Edits code of conduct for more information. Imports/automated edits which do not follow these guidelines might be reverted!

Every import of data in Australia is recorded on the Australian Import Catalogue.

Links

See also

Permissions
contains a list of all obtained permissions grouped by the languages
New Zealand Data Catalogue

References